More flat tuition rates, posthumous degrees approved at Purdue Board of Trustees Meeting

The Purdue Board of Trustees held its final meeting of 2018 on the morning of Friday December 7th.

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 4:48 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue Board of Trustees held its final meeting of 2018 on the morning of Friday December 7th.

One of the first items on the agenda was the approval of two posthumous degrees for two Purdue students who passed away this year. The student needs to have completed at least 85% of their degree in order to be eligble for a posthumous degree.

The first went to Matthew T. Klenosky. Klenosky was a West Lafayette native who graduated from William Henry Harrison High School.

According to his Facebook page, he started at Purdue in 2015 studying organizational leadership and supervision. He was on track to graduate in May of 2019. The 24-year-old passed away in October.

His family wrote in his obituary that he passed quote "peacefully, but all too soon. Purdue Trustee and Provost Jay Akridge personally spoke of the Eagle Scout's character and love for Purdue.

"It reinforces the importance of a Purdue degree and helps the families cope with their loss by still letting the student to accomplish their goal of graduating," said Michael Berghoff, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The other went to IUPUI student Sidharth John. The Columbus native passed away in September in a canoing accident on Driftwood River.

However, Purdue is keeping itself in a favorable light for those who are paying tuition by approving to freeze the housing and tuition rates for the 2019-2020 school year.

This is the seventh year with no increase in that number for Purdue students. Currently in-state students pay around $10,000 and out-of-state students pay around $29,000.

This freeze means that, in terms of dollar value, students now will pay less money for higher eductation than students did in 2012. Berghoff is hoping it sets students up for success in their post-grad life.

"They can start doing different things. They might buy a house sooner, they might buy a car, they might invest in a business that they wouldn't have invested in otherwise if they had 20 or $30,000 of debt," he said.

It also keeps Purdue as one of the most affordable schools in the Big Ten conference. Costs are also frozen for the university's satellite campuses. This is the 4th year that Purdue Fort Wayne's costs have stayed the same and the second year for Purdue Northwest.

Next, the board approved for President Mitch Daniels to be challenged again for the next school year with at-risk pay.

This means President Daniels has a series of 14 goals set by the Board of Trustees to accomplish. See the photo to learn the goals set for President Daniels and what he gains at each of the three levels he can achieve.

Completing them means he will get a bonus of half his salary, which will be about $200,000. This is a challenge President Daniels has requested be set for him for the past seven years.

The next Purdue Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for early February, 2019.

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